What is SciMath-DLL?
SciMath-DLL is a professional development model for early childhood educators that aims to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all children, including dual language learners (DLLs). The SciMath-DLL model supports teachers using a three-pronged approach: individualized reflective coaching, professional learning communities, and interactive, hands-on workshops. Hands-on, minds-on, inquiry activities are the center of our model lesson plans, illustrating our approach to teaching STEM to young children in ways that teachers can immediately apply in their classrooms. Preliminary research results have found positive effects of participating in our model for educators. Our current randomized controlled trial will assess the causal effects of our model on teachers, coaches, and children.